The life of a sports fan is one that often averages out to equal parts hope, anxiety, misery and joy. Unless you're a fan from Ohio, in which case the hope and joy parts are substantially lower.
Whether you grew up rooting for a dominant team like the 49ers in the '90s, or have long been suffering from a masochistic allegiance to a floundering club like the Cubs—failure (or the threat of it) is the unwanted companion of the sports fan.
Even if you don't live and die by wins and losses, there are still plenty of reasons for the jaded fan to retreat into a fortress of cynicism when comes to all things sports.
There's always a scandal around the corner. The NCAA's shenanigans and countless grievances alone give cynics a good excuse for doubting the official narrative. Everything on some level, it seems, is irrevocably broken.
However, some things are simply immune to jaundiced eye of the cynical sports fan—even if they won't readily admit it. There are a few moments and traditions that allow us to forget salary-cap issues, player arrests, terrible officiating and everything else that's bad in sports.
These are a precious few things even the most cynical sports fans love.